Analysis of grazing via drone helps to raise stocking rate


Popularly known as drones, unmanned aerial vehicles (Vants) have gained more and more space in Brazilian agribusiness. In addition to tracking the pace of planting and dealing with animals; aircraft have already been used on farms for more complex work such as soil analysis and pasture areas.

The startup Horus Aircraft has developed a tool for livestock that has helped some ranchers increase their stocking rates;  as explained by CEO Fabrício Hertz. “We do an analysis of the current pasture situation and indicate what needs to be done to increase productivity and support capacity in the area.” he said during the Agribusiness Forum Examination on Thursday.

According to the executive, through the analysis and processing of data; the technology allowed ranchers to increase stocking from 1 to 3 heads per hectare / year.

The technique also helped increase farm productivity by more than 30%; indicating the ideal supplementation to be used in a particular pasture to accelerate the fattening of animals.

The process works as follows: the producer puts the area of ​​Horus software that you want to map within the property and the information that interests you. The drone traverses the path with a special camera that manages to gauge the amount of carbon and nutrients in the soil. When the aircraft returns to the base; it unloads the information in the company’s software, which processes the data and prints a complete report to the producer.

Today, the company serves about 100 farms and companies spread throughout virtually every region of the country. Hertz points out that this variety of customers allows the company to increase its experience in analyzing different types and conditions of soils and fodder; speeding up the work.